Color correcting and grading can be done in a lot of different film editing programs such as Final Cut Pro, Avid, and Premiere Pro. However, there is a workhorse that is free for a limited version called DaVinci Resolve, which is an industry standard for color correcting and grading. Below you will find a tutorial with clips to download and try out in DaVinci Resolve in class.
You are able to edit your clips in another editing software and then bring them into DaVinci Resolve using a travel file format such as an EDL. You can also edit directly in DaVinci Resolve using the timeline feature. The tutorial starts with a short demo on editing in Resolve. You can jump ahead if you've already transferred in a sequence you're going to correct.
GETTING A SEQUENCE OUT OF PREMIERE INTO RESOLVE
When we talk about film and video, we often talk exclusively about exposure. Exposure if the range from highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. This is controlled by three settings: aperture, ISO, and shutter speed.
What we often forget is that an image is also made up of colors that are present in the scene when we record. We have several ways to adjust color settings before recording on location. And, we have several ways to adjust color while we are in post-production. Both phases are important. Take a look at the breakdown.
Tools for Color Correction & Grading